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Tips and Tricks for Planning a Summer Road Trip

It is important to us here at Hanna Imports that everybody get the opportunity to go on a summer road trip. In order to help people achieve this goal, we have assembled some tips that you will hopefully find very useful for planning your next summer adventure.

Make sure to plan your trip well, you don't want to run out of time or money, so figure out a general itinerary to guide you on your trip. It doesn't have to be too detailed, as you want to have some room for spontaneity, but it helps to know how…

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What is a Car Alignment?

Do you know what kind of alignment to ask for your car? This depends on the type of drive train that you have. Most cars have a front wheel drive configuration, which means you only need a FWD alignment. However, if you have a rear wheel drive or all-wheel drive, then your alignment will look a bit different. All alignments do the same thing, however. It simply means to set your axles and wheels in the same direction. The process typically involves a clamp that goes on your axles and uses a computer to make precise measurements.

 

 

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Why You Should Regularly Replace Your Brake Pad

A brake pad is a piece of equipment in the braking system that needs to be periodically replaced. Even the best and most durable brake pads on the market will have to be replaced due to wear and tear over time.

The pad plays a vital role in the braking system. It serves as a friction reducer between the brake rotor and the caliper pistons. When you activate the brake pedal, you enable the caliper pistons to grab the rotor to stop it from spinning. This is what causes your car to brake and come to a halt.

The contact…
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Engine Radiator Systems


Engine cooling and radiator systems serve a valuable role in your vehicle. That is why we here at Hanna Imports in Raleigh want to ensure that all car owners know just what that is.

The main function of your car's engine cooling and radiator system is to keep the engine from overheating. Many experts agree that in order to get the most out of your car, your radiator should be flushed once every 30,000 miles or once every five years, whichever of these two marks would arrive first. This ensures that your engine is being properly cooled at…
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Compact vs. Full-Size Spare Tires: Tire Buyer's Guide


Have you purchased a spare tire before and wondered if it was good to keep for long drives? If you are purchasing a full-size, you may be able to drive it with no issues. However, compact, temporary tires are not made to be driven on for longer than 50 miles. These are emergency tires that have enough tread and pressure to get you to a shop to replace a tire. However, driving on a donut tire for long periods of time can damage your vehicle and lead to another flat tire.

Drivers who want to protect against a flat tire…
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Learning the Correct Way to Test Your Car's Battery


In order to test the battery inside your vehicle, all you need are safety goggles and a voltmeter. Here is a guide to check the battery strength safely.
  • The car ignition and lights must be off before testing can begin.
  • The car battery terminals need to be free of corrosion, use a wire brush to clean them off.
  • The voltmeter has two cables, the positive end simply goes to the positive terminal of the battery, and the negative cable to the battery negative terminal.
  • The reading for a good battery is 12.4 or higher. The reading for a bad…
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How to Know if Your Car's Brake Pedal Needs to be Replaced

When you press down on your brake pedal in your car, you expect it to feel a certain way. If it feels different than it usually does, there is a chance that it needs to be replaced. You need to keep your brake pedal working correctly to remain in control of your brakes and your vehicle.

If your brake pedal feels spongy when you push down on it, there is something going on and you should get that pedal checked out. The brake pedal should feel firm and solid beneath your foot, not spongy or soft. You need to have…

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Why Windshield Wiper Blades Wear Out

You may have noticed that your windshield wiper blades may wear out over time. The reason why this occurs is because the rubber material on the blade will eventually start to get hard and crumble away. This may occur because of exposure to the sun or because it has made too much contact with the windshield itself.

After awhile, you may start to see streaks on the windshield because the blade isn't making good contact with the glass. In some cases, the rubber may literally start to become hard to the touch or even detach from other blade components…

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